TUTOR: Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.
Next course starts: 8th March 2023 – 2 places remaining
Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Duration: six weeks
Course is strictly limited to 10 participants.
You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world.
You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. The course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever you wish. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback for you and your writing process. If you have a plan, or a good idea, I’ll help you finish your novel. In this six week course, you’ll be encouraged with weekly deadlines to complete your first draft and you will also receive personalised weekly feedback.
The tutor will email you on the course start date with you first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.
Perhaps you were a student on the ‘Begin Your Novel’ course. Perhaps you’ve planned a novel and perhaps you’ve even started writing it – perhaps you’ve even started writing several. Perhaps you don’t think you can finish your novel without a bit of help. Well, welcome to the club. In this course, the main aims are to help you build a writing habit; make progress with your novel; stay accountable and learn what works.
Week 1: Get Cracking
The main aim of every week is to write. In this first module elements of plot and theme will be the focus. You should know where you’re going with the novel and will make a clean start.
Week 2: Character
How are your characters shaping up? Let’s talk a bit about that. Character and plot are completely intertwined. You’ll be writing, of course, but with characterisation in mind.
Week 3: Dialogue
The half-way point, and you’ll be powering through the pain-barrier. This week you’ll already be well into the flow of your novel, and the module contains top tips for good, effective dialogue.
Week 4: Shutting out the World
This module is all about techniques to overcome writers’ block and distractions that might prevent you from writing, which is, of course, the priority.
Week 5: Setting and Voice
Your setting isn’t just a backdrop to the plot, it’s also an important aspect. This module encourages you to really consider this aspect this week, and the way in which your narrative voice is developing.
Week 6: The Final Sprint to Editing
Your final sprint to the end of your first draft. You’ve done it – well done. But you’re not quite finished yet. In this final module, you’ll work on your final synopsis, your novel outline (or ‘pitch’) and will begin thinking about the editing process.